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Video Screening & Artist Talk 
Cao Shu 曹澍 &  Yi Lian 易连

Atelier Suterena, Esteplatz 8

(Eingang Geusaugasse) 1030 Wien

Nov 29, 2023 | 5pm | Cao Shu 曹澍

Nov 30, 2023 | 7pm | Yi Lian 易连

Two artist heroes from BMCA are visiting Vienna! Both multimedia artists who are based in Hangzhou became part of the collection with a body of several works in the year 2014 and 2015.


During completing his project from Goethe Institute in Munich Cao Shu is coming to visit the BMCA family for the projection of four of his video works and an artist talk. His oeuvre is usually evolving

multimedia installations, objects manifesting different ways of seeing, or through videos stimulating rooms where real footage and virtual spaces are difficult to distinguish. His video works take us to a new point of view, opening our conscience and giving us an idea of the world „behind the big wall“.

Yi Lian is spending a longer time period in Vienna. While working on a new project he is eager to introduce some of his recent


works. While three large-scale photographic works were shown in his exhibition at Loft 8 Galerie in May 2023, the audience can experience a video which is illustrating the same „impossible“ focus on local spots during the night. Yi Lian is virtuosely serving himself with a wide variety of techniques. Recently we can observe a fantastic series of Ipad Drawings on his Instagram account. As a very convenient way of working, Yi Lian is using his tablet especially during times of travelling. During a studio visit in 2022, the 1987 born artist showed glass objects next to ceramique works to curator Alexandra Grimmer.


Both artists are joining us for the next editions of our storage conversations celebrating the presence of our Chinese guests who are visiting Vienna.

尧山当代艺术 BMCA 有幸邀请到国内重要的媒体艺术家易连和曹澍来到维也纳参与本次影片放映活动。本次放映包含BMCA分别于2014年和2015年收藏的影像作品,同时增添放映他们近年来的新作。




易连将在维也纳驻留一段时间,他带来了许多新的作品并将在这里展开新的项目。今年5月,我们曾于维也纳Loft 8画廊为易连举办展览,包含3件大型摄影作品。易连娴熟地掌握多项技能,例如在他的Instagram媒体账号上,可以看到他一系列精彩的手绘。在旅行中,易连也常常在平板电脑上办公。此外,他还在去年策展人亚历山大·格里梅 (Alexandra Grimmer) 拜访工作室时展示了自己陶瓷作品和玻璃制品。


两位艺术家此行中都会接受尧山当代艺术 BMCA的Artist Talk系列专访。

Phantom Sugar 妖糖 (preview 节选), Cao Shu 曹澍

3D rendermoving image, 4k, 15'10", 2023

The work revolves around the Shunde sugar factory in Guangdong, China. Based on this sugar factory, the work uses images created through a combination of actual filming and game engine rendering. The old sugar factory, equipped with Czech industrial assembly lines, once experienced the glory of China's industrialization but has now become a ruin in today's era of globalized high-frequency trading. The cultivation and industrialization of sugar, along with global futures trading, are referred to as "Phantom

Sugar" in the futures field due to the unpredictability of its value. The value of sugar itself is also a killer of the "ecosystem" of sugar factories.

The work explores topics such as swarm algorithms, future agriculture, Laplace's demon, and humanity's obsession with predicting and controlling behavior. In ancient China, including records in Sima Qian's "Records of the Grand Historian," there are numerous accounts of using sugar to guide the walking patterns of ant colonies to predict the future and alter history. Classic ant colony algorithms are also

present in AI neural networks, used to simulate blueprints for the future.

Laplace's demon, perhaps taking the form of a mosquito swarm, is a super-individual life form persistently attempting to simulate blueprints in the era of quantum mechanics. As the grand blueprint of dataism unfolds, there is a recursive misalignment with the unpredictable elements of daily life.



Infinity and Infinity Plus One 无限和无限加一 (preview 节选), Cao Shu 曹澍

Installation, 8 channel 3D rendering image combined with 4K real image, 13'12" , 2020

In the visual installation "Infinity and Infinity Plus One" within the "8" shaped installation, the main screen images are created through a combination of 3D rendering and live footage. The content of the work revolves around a seaside fable narrated by a Chinese official contemplating a mathematical problem. The film refers Hilbert's mathematical problems. Faced with infinite rooms on a solitary island,

what choices will the suddenly visiting guest make in this guesthouse that was once filled with Chinese officials? Scenes in the film include a silent conference table in ruins, teacups engaged in mechanical repetition for dialogue, and scenes reminiscent of the display of power discourse. In a certain infinitely extended time, infinity and infinity plus one are considered equal. Perhaps this is

the enormous gap between the world of ideas and the real world, and also the reason why reality is continuously led towards tragedy by the world of ideas. In the film, the author starts with a specific location and expands into an expression of the issue of time—how time is shaped into a specific system by some form of will through different visual forms. Through roaming shots, the film alternates between

live scenes and 3D modeling-rendered spaces, leading to the meeting room at the end of the corridor. In the other seven channels outside the main screen, different positions are played in a loop through surveillance, revealing everything happening in this guesthouse. The presentation of multiple perspectives in the spatial installation breaks the synchronicity created by the continuous shot of the main screen. The voiceover in the film is narrated in the local dialect by a local resident.




Meet-ing 相遇, Cao Shu 曹澍

1080p HD Double Channel Video, 10'16'', 2015

For this double screen hd video, the artist set up the camera in the streets of Hangzhou, focusing on people passing by: workers, students, young office workers, the boss of a restaurant or elderly people sitting near-by. Once his subjects became aware of the camera, the moving image freezes to a picture and another encounter process starts. There is a feeling of longing for more and an instant rhythm of fast pace of life. The moment when their eyes meet with the lens (which might be a collision for them) is the moment of meeting the audience. The emphasis is that it is at the moment that the work and the audience really meet.

这是一部双屏高清影像作品, 艺术家在杭州街头架起摄像机, 在几米甚至十几米之外将镜头对准一个个遇到的路人, 有老人、工人、学生模样的少年、上班族青年、餐馆的老板等等, 一旦路人看到摄像机, 镜头便嘎然而止, 迅速切换到一个画面里, 开始另一个相遇过程,有种欲说还休的意犹未尽和快速生活下的即时节奏。

Secondhand Rhythem 二手的节奏, Cao Shu 曹澍

1080p HD Video Installation, 2009

On a busy road during rush hour, two people stand on each side of the road playing Ping-Pong, trying

to make it by hitting the ball to the other side. The movement of the two players seems to have “nothing

to do with” the cars on the road, whereas they maintain a subtle yet restrictive relationship.

在车来车往的一条公路上, 两个人分别站在马路的对面打乒乓球, 并且力图打到路对面去。两人的荒诞行动与公路上的车辆看似“无 关”却又保持着一种微妙的制约关系。

Up and Down 上下, Yi Lian 易连


Medium: single-channel digital video (colour, sound), 4K

Dimensions: variable, Duration: 9 min. Chinese/ No dialogue, 2022

The work was commissioned by the BY ART MATTERS, and the framing was taken in Hangzhou Tianmuli. The artist draws inspiration from the perspective of a security guard (a rural migrant worker in the city), the daily maintenance worker of the building. Inspired by the security guard's collective effort to repair a leak after a heavy rainstorm, the artist photographed a security guard carrying an iron bucket

and an umbrella roaming around in different spaces, making use of spatial changes to explore and present the complexities of urban and rural, present and past, memories and experiences during the period of rapid development of China's urbanization (from 1978 to present).


Superfluous Light 多余的光, Yi Lian 易连

Medium: single-channel digital video, (colour, sound), 4K |Dimensions: variable

Duration: 4 min. 18 sec.

Chinese/ No dialogue, 2020

A lighthouse built by the British in 1870 to guide ships has been shining 360° in the East China Sea in the Pacific Ocean for 150 years, and half of the time the lights have been thrown inefficiently towards the mountains behind the lighthouse. The artist pondered what was illuminated by the light that kept appearing and fading into the mountains and forests all night for 150 years. More than 4,000 image sequences were taken with different shutter speeds and frequencies throughout the night, connecting the moments when the mountains were illuminated into continuous time streams, forming a unique light show of the mountains at night by the sea, while also responding to the night and light in the past 150 years.


Cinema Paradiso 天堂电影院, Yi Lian 易连

Medium: digital video projection, (colour, sound), HD; CRT projector, DVD, audio transmitter, iron arms,

sandDimensions: 360×200×70cm, Duration: 23 min. 08 sec. Audio: Chinese/ No dialogue. 2017-2018.

The background of the work comes from a friend of the artist, whose family operated a video hall in Yangjiang, Guangdong for more than ten years. In the 1980s and 1990s, such video halls were very popular in many small and medium-sized cities in China, becoming the first choice for locals and migrant workers to spend their leisure time. With the development of technology and economy, large cinemas

were established and small video halls gradually disappeared. The artist visited the families that used to run video halls, and used an old three-gun projector imported from Italy as the body of a gigantic crab installation, projecting images of memories related to video halls, linking up a piece of family memories, and attempting to reconstruct the phantom of a bygone era.


Myth Practice 神话练习,Yi Lian 易连

Medium: single-channel digital video, (colour, sound), 4K, Dimensions: variable, Duration: 10 min. 36 sec. Audio: Chinese/ No dialogue, Date: 2019


Taking into account the characteristics of the park and its historical background, the artist invited Umi, the manager of the resident organization S-AIR, to take part in the exercise of pushing a rock up a hill in imitation of Sisyphus, and truthfully recorded the many "failure" experiences of the participant and the "failure" of pushing a snowball up the hill, exploring the individual's life experience of daily and eternal, meaning and absurdity.


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